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  1. Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked to Depression

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Feeling blue? It may be time to check your vitamin D levels. New research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and depression may go hand in hand. The new study included about 12,600 people aged 20 to 90. Researchers measured the vitamin D in their blood and assessed symptoms of de

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  2. Newer Antidepressants Work Equally Well, Study Finds

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Newer antidepressants are all about equally effective, according to a new analysis, but that doesn't mean they work the same way for everyone. "Contrary to drug industry claims, scientific evidence does not support the choice of one drug over another based solely on better effectiven

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  3. Use of Antidepressants on the Rise in the U.S.

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- About 11% of Americans aged 12 or older take antidepressants, including many who have not seen a mental health professional in the past year, according to a new federal report. The report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics also says that the rate of antidepressant us

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  4. Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers

    Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

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  5. 25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holidays

    Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of

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  6. Drink Coffee, Stay Happy?

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Some coffee drinkers may have a reason to smile -- or keep smiling. Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day. The study is published in the Archives of Int

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  7. Depression May Increase Risk of Stroke

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- Many people become depressed after they experience a stroke, but new research shows that depression may actually increase risk of stroke and of dying from that stroke. "We didn't know whether depression, per se, could increase the risk of stroke, but now we have conclusive and comp

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  8. Many Don't Tell Their Doctor They Feel Depressed

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- More than two-fifths of adults may not tell their doctor that they have been feeling depressed, according to a survey. The reasons vary, but many are concerned that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant that they don't want to take. Other reasons include the belief that it

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  9. Depression Raises Women's Stroke Risk

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Depression moderately increases a woman's risk of stroke, according to a new study that confirms earlier research. "Women who had a history of depression or who were currently depressed had about a 29% increased risk of stroke," says An Pan, PhD, research fellow at the Harvard Schoo

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  10. Antidepressants Prescribed Without Psychiatric Diagnosis

    Aug 4, 2011 -- Antidepressants may be increasingly prescribed by non-psychiatrists to treat medical disorders in the absence of a psychiatric diagnosis. The proportion of non-psychiatrist doctor visits where antidepressants were prescribed without a documented psychiatric diagnosis increased from 59

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